- 2 years ago
I am trying to help my FI gain some weight. He’s 5′ 9″ and 135 lbs. He’s not as thin as he sounds, but he is too thin. We’re trying to get another 20 lbs on him. No progress so far, but we only just started. We are aiming for 3,000 calories/day or more. That’s easily reached by most Americans, but he is an anomoly lol.
Here are some recipes:
- Smoothies- He isn’t usually hungry enough to eat food in the morning so I’ve been making him smoothies. I use about 3-4 tbsp of peanut butter, some fruit, honey, and milk. They’re about 550-700 cals each. Sometimes I use avocado in them. It makes them creamy but you can’t taste it.
- Oatmeal Raisin Bars- http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/14/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-larabars These healthy bars are about 300 calories each.
- Pasta- There are 220 calories in a cup of spaghetti. That’s about the size of a baseball. He can eat about 600-800 calories in pasta alone for a meal, plus a couple pieces of garlic bread and some shredded cheese, plus meatballs. That’s about an 1,100-1,500 calorie meal.
- Peanut Butter Cookies- The best pb cookie ever is also the easiest. 1 cup pb + 1 egg + 1 cup sugar (I reduce it to 3/4 cup). Not the healthiest thing in the world due to the sugar, but they are good and he can put them away. Bake them at 350 for 7 mins. They’ll look underdone but just need to cool a few mins to set up. I make a dozen cookies with this recipe and they’re 180 calories each.
- Trail Mix- You can make this however you want, but I use 1 cup peanuts, 1 cup almonds, 1 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup raisins, and 1/2 cup dried cranberries. It makes about 4 cups of trail mix. Each 1/2 cup serving equals 400 calories.
- No Bake Energy Bites- http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/no-bake-energy-bites/ Yields about 20 golf ball sized balls that come in at 212 cals each. It’s really easy to eat two or three (or more) of these at once.
- Potatoes- Potatoes are relatively high in calories. I make mashed potatoes, french fries and home fries for him.
Here’s a great tool. It’s a recipe nutrition calculator. You enter the ingredients and (realistic) number of servings of your recipe and you can find out how many calories it has, the sugar content, and general nutrition.